Velux 5 Oceans Yacht Race

31 January 2011

Head along to the waterfront this Sunday and salute the hardy race skippers of the Velux 5 Oceans solo yacht race before they set sail for Punta del Este in Uruguay.

Solo sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski (left) in Wellington - Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez

Solo sailor Zbigniew Gutkowski (left) in Wellington - Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez

After a four-week, and first-ever, stopover in Wellington from Cape Town a spectacular re-start to the third of a five sprint journey is planned at Queens Wharf.

The official departure ceremony for the four remaining yachts is from 12.30pm and will involve a blessing of the fleet before they depart one-by-one into the harbour for the race restart at 2.30pm.

So from 12 noon onwards grab a vantage point at Queens Wharf, Frank Kitts promenade, Taranaki Wharf (next to Te Papa) or Oriental Bay to make sure you catch all the action on the water.

The race, which involves a 30,000-nautical mile circumvention of the globe, is not only the longest around-the-world yacht race but, at nearly 30 years old, is also the longest running.

For more information visit:

Velux 5 Oceans website